Bulldogs coach Des Hasler will describe referees as “Voldemorts” in 2015 after being hit with a breach notice by the NRL.
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The always interesting Canterbury boss was the first to be sanctioned under the NRL’s new policy that stops coaches and captains speaking about referees in post-match interviews.
Hasler received a suspended $10,000 fine and offered a hilarious response when asked what his exact thoughts were in regards to the sanction.
“It’s about understanding the policy of ‘he whose name you cannot mention’ so let’s call him Voldemort,” Hasler is quoted as saying by AAP.
“Paragraph 31, sub-clause two says that comment on means you can’t say anything nice about them, you can’t say anything positive about them, you can’t say anything about the Voldemorts.
“That is what they think is pragmatic and reasonable. If you are an advocate for free speech then it’s not too good.
“So when it comes to the Voldemorts I’ll just follow the policy.”
The Bulldogs face the much-improved Parramatta on Friday night, with the Eels coming into the match on the back of a 30-point smashing of Manly in round one.